brushfire

adjective
brush·​fire | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce brushfire (audio) \

Definition of brushfire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale brushfire border wars

brush fire

noun

Definition of brush fire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 : a minor conflict or crisis putting out political brush fires

Examples of brushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, crews north of Reno battled a brush fire that broke out along the California-Nevada line and has forced the closure of State Highway 70 near Vinton and Chilcoot, California. Scott Sonner And Paul Davenport, USA TODAY, "Fast-moving Reno wildfire wipes out homes, forces hundreds to evacuate," 18 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, crews north of Reno were battling a brush fire that broke out along the California-Nevada line and has forced the closure of State Highway 70 near Vinton and Chilcoot, California. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "Wildfire destroys multiple Reno homes; hundreds threatened," 18 Nov. 2020 The brush fire was reported about 2:20 p.m., according to Lopez and Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Capt. Alex Riggins, Los Angeles Times, "Driver found dead in burned car in Potrero was probably trying to save dog, officials say," 7 Nov. 2020 The brush fire was reported about 2:20 p.m. in that same area, a little north of Potrero Valley Road, according to Lopez and Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Capt. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sheriff: Driver who died in Potrero fire was likely trying to save dog," 6 Nov. 2020 Courant photographer Mark Mirko set out to capture what that looks like, from low water to the effects of a recent brush fire. Mark Mirko, courant.com, "Lakes running dry, crops threatened and storms without rain: Striking images capture what the drought looks like in Connecticut," 17 Oct. 2020 Smoke from a nearby, 300-acre brush fire has forced school officials to close North Windham Elementary School. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "North Windham Elementary School closes because of 300-acre brush fire," 17 Sep. 2020 Firefighters were battling a brush fire in the riverbed in Santee on Thursday afternoon, with two helicopters making water drops, authorities said. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire in riverbed in Santee prompts evacuations," 10 Sep. 2020 Firefighters were battling a brush fire burning in the hills of Glendale above Brand Park on Tuesday afternoon. Los Angeles Times, "Firefighters battle brush fire in Glendale above Brand Park," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of brushfire

Adjective

1954, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brushfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brushfire. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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